Japanese yen falls after BoJ Gov Kuroda's warnings
The Japanese yen fell against the US dollar on Wednesday, following Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda's warnings.
Kuroda commented on the monetary policy today, and warned that uncertainty about the Japanese economic remained very high.
The bank governor stated that the global economy is facing massive challenges due to the coronavirus crisis, in addition to other hurdles, such as the climate change.
However, Kuroda stressed that the world’s third-largest economy after the US and China is likely headed for a moderate recovery.
He stressed that the Bank of Japan "won’t hesitate to take additional easing steps as needed" to ease corporate funding restrictions and to provide support to the economy from this health crisis.
"We will closely monitor the pandemic’s impact on the Japanese economy and markets" Kuroda added.
As of 21:20 GMT, USD/JPY rose 0.3% to 105.9, after hitting a high of 106.1 and a low of 105.6.
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